Students from Santa Barbara County, California, studying veterinary medicine will be able to apply for a new scholarship created to honor Core Balance co-founder and Pacific Coast Cutting Horse Association (PCCHA) Hall of Famer Stephanie Larrabee.
Called the Stephanie Larrabee Core Balance Memorial Scholarship Fund, it will present one $2,500 award each year to a student studying large animal veterinary medicine or animal science. Graduating seniors enrolled in college are eligible, as are graduate students.
Larrabee, who died in July from ovarian cancer, was an enthusiastic cutter and longtime supporter of the sport. She and her husband, Terry, a National Cutting Horse Association World Champion, founded Core Balance, an equine supplement company that also is a corporate sponsor of the PCCHA.
Helping veterinary students with their tuition was a way for those who loved Larrabee to support her passion, said Kathy Burton, of Core Balance.
“Steph’s passion was horse health, and it always has been, which was kind of the genesis of Core Balance itself,” she said. “So, we thought what better way to honor her than to promote that passion.”
Larrabee and her husband, Terry, were inducted into the PCCHA Hall of Fame during the association’s 2018 futurity. Terry attended the ceremony on Oct. 12 in Las Vegas.
Both made their mark in the cutting pen.Between the two of them, husband and wife once won seven saddles in one year. In all, they owned the winners of $660,372 and bred the winners of $466,871, according to Equi-Stat. Larrabee also rode the winners of $460,763.
Recipients of the scholarship must have graduated from a high school in Santa Barbara County to get the scholarship. Administrative tasks and selection of a winner will be handled by the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara.
Applications are available at stephsscholarshipfund.com. They must be submitted by Jan. 15. The winner will be announced on May 15. For additional details or to make a tax-deductible donation, visit stephsscholarshipfund.com.
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